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New Charter And Plan For Private Rented Housing In Plymouth Launched

New Charter And Plan For Private Rented Housing In Plymouth Launched

Plymouth City Council has launched a new plan and charter to improve private rented housing in their area. The Charter for Private Rented Housing is designed as a partnership with local landlords to raise standards for tenants. Under the charter, landlords are urged to become accredited which will help landlords gain advice and training to ...
New Buy To Let Code For First Time Landlords

New Buy To Let Code For First Time Landlords

Buy to let lenders have signed up to a new code highlighting how new borrowing by first time landlords will work. Under the European Union Mortgage Credit Directive, from April 2016, new categories of consumer and professional buy to let borrowers are introduced. Consumer landlords are those who own one rental property and are likely to have
7 New or Changed Prescribed Forms From April 2015

7 New or Changed Prescribed Forms From April 2015

From 6 April 2015, the Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) Regulations 2015 changed prescribed forms made under the Housing Act 1988. The effect of this is to create different prescribed forms for England and Wales (although the section 13 rent increase form was always different). Yesterday (6 April 2015) we ...
Deregulation Bill Receives Royal Assent – Deposit Changes Start

Deregulation Bill Receives Royal Assent – Deposit Changes Start

Update: We have now added in-depth analysis and information about the tenancy deposit changes introduced by the Deregulation Act 2015. The Deregulation Bill received Royal Assent yesterday 26 March 2015 which means the provisions relating to tenancy deposit schemes are now in force. We await the final version of what will be the Deregulation
Council Selective Licensing Powers Reined In

Council Selective Licensing Powers Reined In

Government plans to curb the powers of local councils to designate selective licensing for private rented homes. In two key policy documents laid before Parliament, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has thrown down the gauntlet to local authorities attempting to apply blanket licencing schemes without good reason. The Selective Licensing of ...

Tenancy Builder Beta Testing

Thanks for agreeing to be a beta tester for our new tenancy builder product. For feature requests, comments or suggestions please comment below. To receive notifications of replies ensure you tick the box to participate by email. You can access the builder by using this link but it might change during the course of updating. If it does, we ...
Modified Proposals for Preventing Retaliatory Evictions in Deregulation Bill

Modified Proposals for Preventing Retaliatory Evictions in Deregulation Bill

Deregulation Bill update. Retaliatory evictions In December 2014, provisions to prevent retaliatory evictions were inserted into the Deregulation Bill which is the same bill being used to address some of the problems created by the tenancy deposit Superstrike case. This was despite those same proposals being defeated in Parliament only a ...
Tenancy Deposit Interest Rate Order Revoked

Tenancy Deposit Interest Rate Order Revoked

Under the The Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Specified Interest Rate) Order 2007, the custodial scheme operated by the Deposit Protection Service may pay interest on held deposits at the rate of the Bank of England base rate less 2.32 percent. The current base rate has been at 0.5 percent for some years now which effectively renders the order ...
Water Authority Section 75 Notice – Leaking Mains Water Pipe

Water Authority Section 75 Notice – Leaking Mains Water Pipe

  We had an interesting notice from our Water authority (Yorkshire Water) just before Christmas and we have just nicely started to deal with it in detail. I thought it was worth this very brief article which is not intended to be our normal legal analysis because the notice will be quite rare I expect. However, there are some interesting

LB Enfield Additional and Selective Licensing Designation Held Unlawful

On 1 April 2010, the Secretary of State issued a general approval to all local housing authorities in England in relation to the designation of areas for additional or selective licensing under the Housing Act 2004. The approval is conditional that any consultation (as required by ss.56(3) and ss.80(9) Housing Act 2004) will last at least 10 ...